Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I'm going to Chicago next week for the American Bankers
Association meeting. Oddly, I haven't been invited to
the Roaring '20's dance party I hear they're having.
Why wouldn't they celebrate the era of wild money and
hot times (which slid into the Great Depression)? After
all, the bankers are doing well these days.
They're doing well because after financial institutions
caused the global economic crisis, we bailed them out,
to the tune of some $700 billion.
Now they're in good enough shape to pay the suits $7
billion in bonuses for driving working families and our
economy to our knees--to the verge of a second full-
Things might be turning around for the bankers, but for
the rest of us, unemployment heads toward 10 percent and
home foreclosures continue to devastate families and
communities. Working families have lost health care,
pensions and savings--and in exchange we've gotten
predatory lending, outrageous overdraft fees and sky-
high credit card interest rates.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Problem Is Poverty, Not a Lack of Standards
To the Editor:
"Standards Aren't Enough," the recent Commentary by Susan H. Fuhrman, Lauren Resnick, and Lorrie Shepard (Oct. 14, 2009), implies that the United States’ lack of clear and uniform standards is the reason other countries do better on international tests of math and science. It also implies that in the absence of externally imposed and detailed standards, American teachers do not know how to help students make progress.
Gerald W. Bracey, in his book Education Hell: Rhetoric vs. Reality, points out that U.S. schools with less than 25 percent of their enrollments made up of children in poverty outscore all other countries in math and science. U.S. children only fall below the international average when 75 percent or more of the students in a school live in poverty. Studies also confirm that hunger, poor diet, and a lack of reading material seriously affect academic performance. The United States has the highest level of childhood poverty of industrialized countries.
The fact that American students not in poverty do so well strongly suggests that, in general, American educators know what they are doing. The problem is not lack of standards, the problem is poverty.
Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Calif.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
by Bob Herbert Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times - October 20, 2009
The headlines that ran side by side on the front page
of Saturday's New York Times summed up, inadvertently,
the terrible fix that we've allowed our country to fall
The lead headline, in the upper right-hand corner,
said: "U.S. Deficit Rises to $1.4 Trillion; Biggest
The headline next to it said: "Bailout Helps Revive
Banks, And Bonuses."
We've spent the last few decades shoveling money at the
rich like there was no tomorrow. We abandoned the poor,
put an economic stranglehold on the middle class and
all but bankrupted the federal government - while
giving the banks and megacorporations and the rest of
the swells at the top of the economic pyramid just
about everything they've wanted.
Read the entire piece; http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/opinion/20herbert.html
The safety net and the recession
By Lawrence Mishel
October 8, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Economic Crisis, The Budget & The University
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Economic Crisis, The Budget &
1:30pm - 3pm
Orchard Room, CSUS University Union
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It is great-and at times sad.
Meanwhile. Barack Obama receives the Noble Peace Prize.
The Sacramento Bee headline writer editorializes, Obama Acclaimed for Aims.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Spare CSU a Phoenix Takeover
William Tierney's editorial is astonishing for its elitism. http://www.sacbee.com/1190/story/2227503.html
Safely ensconced in his perch as a USC professor, Tierney argues that California would benefit from Phoenix University's "acquisition of the CSU system." Tierney sees the state's fiscal crisis as an opportunity to reward a failed private sector, which has pushed California's unemployment rate to over 12 percent, by handing over the CSU system to the profiteers at Phoenix University. Tierney concedes that Phoenix has "little concern for academic freedom," "lacks transparency and resists any meaningful regulatory oversight," and "would likely increase student indebtedness."
Still, he advocates privatizing a public higher education system that has served the state admirably for over 60 years because "Phoenix is a proven generator of trained graduates ready to enter the work force." And CSU graduates aren't? Tierney would rather dismantle a public good than call for renewed public investment in higher education (and he's a "professor of higher education").
The subtext of Tierney's drab editorial is that he'll continue to teach the affluent kids at USC while the sons and daughters of working-class Californians are fed a terrible fast-food education from a Phoenix-style diploma mill.
Joseph A. Palermo
Associate Professor of History
The Sacramento Bee
October 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
In an interesting article, “ Budget Woes, school reform collide.” By Diane Lambert in the Sacramento Bee of Oct. 1,2009, the writer gets to the point. Many, including this writer, think that school reform efforts are a political fraud when you take $6.1 Billion from the schools.